Pumpkin Quinoa Pudding with Rum-Soaked Dates & Raisins

by Jenn on October 21, 2009

in Desserts,Gluten Free

Ah yes, more pumpkin deliciousness!  Why?  Well, any other time of the year, pumpkin just seems, well, out of place.  So during the Autumn, the height of this pumpkin season, I am making as much as I can with pumpkin!  Well, until everyone in my house gets tired of it and doesn’t want to see pumpkin again for another year, haha.

This recipe is my submission to this month’s Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free, hosted by Life, Gluten Free.  The theme is pumpkin treats, and I couldn’t think of anything that was more of a treat than this decadent quinoa pudding with rum soaked fruit and pumpkin together.  I had wanted to make a pudding with quinoa for a long time, because rice pudding and tapioca seem boring after making them pretty regularly, and quinoa readily absorbs moisture and flavor, so I thought it would work well in this type of dish.  Quinoa is more nutritious as well, and despite the candy-rich taste to this pudding, I don’t actually think it is that bad for you.  It definitely tastes more indulgent than it actually is.  The rum-soaked dates and raisins and maple syrup make it very rich – ok, so it is indulgent, who am I kidding?  But because it is so rich, I would recommend serving this in relatively small portions – like 1/2 cup size.  We first had it for dessert, then the next day we had it for breakfast….hey it’s not less healthy than pouring a bunch of maple syrup and brown sugar on your oatmeal right? Except that this is gluten free so my husband can enjoy it as well :)

This is a blend of flavors I had not combined together before, but they worked very nicely – you can clearly taste the pumpkin, the maple syrup, and the rum in the fruit too, but they work in concert well without any being particularly overpowering.